PIEROTTI, Ermete. Jerusalem Explored. Being A Description of The Ancient And Modern City, With Numerous Illustrations Consisting of Views, Ground Plans, And Sections … Translated by Thomas George Bonney. London, Bell and Daldy, 1864.
Two volumes, folio. Original morocco-backed textured blue cloth boards, spine lettered in gilt, top edges gilt; pp.xii, [errata slip], 339; [viii] title-pages printed in red and black, 63 plates, elevations, views and plans in lithography, some folding (including a panorama of the city), some tinted; cloth a little marked in places; internally remarkably clean and fresh, contemporary booplates Craig-Laurie of Redcastle, magistrate for Kircudbright.
First edition of this survey of Jerusalem by the Italian engineer and archaeologist Ermete Pierotti, who had come to Jerusalem in 1854, having been chosen by the Ottoman governor to serve as a consultant on the renovations of the Temple Mount. He participated in various construction projects in Jerusalem and was appointed Jerusalem's municipal engineer within a short time. This position enabled him to visit sites which were closed to Western scholars, in particular the Temple Mount and the Mosques. 'The original Italian manuscript was first printed in English after it came to the attention of the Rev. George Williams of Cambridge who arranged for its translation and publication' (Blackmer).
Blackmer 1309; Tobler 189; Röhricht 2406. - Not in Atabey.